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Region 5 News Release: 14-249-CHI
March 5, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Pressed Paperboard Technologies will pay $81,450 in penalties after
US Department of Labor OSHA cites safety violations at Findlay facility

FINDLAY, Ohio – Pressed Paperboard Technologies LLC has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nine safety and health violations at the company's Findlay facility.

The company has entered into a settlement agreement to resolve the citations that includes providing enhancements to their safety and health program to further protect employees. The company will pay penalties of $81,450.

"Pressed Paperboard Technologies has a responsibility to protect workers from electrical hazards at work," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "These hazards expose workers to the dangers of arc flash, electric shock and electrocution. Employers must train workers to work safely with electricity*."

Two willful violations of federal safety standards concerning electrical work were cited after maintenance employees worked on energized electrical equipment without proper training and personal protective equipment.

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Five serious safety violations include failing to develop machine-specific procedures to prevent accidental startup or movement of machine parts that can cause injury; not training workers in lockout/tagout procedures when conducting maintenance on machinery; failing to disconnect electrical panels from all energy sources prior to conducting maintenance work; inadequate machine guarding